Confocal microscopy The Autoscan Confocal Microscopy
system can be used with various brands of confocal microscope. (In
particular, our stage driver software library is already linked
directly into the Bio-Rad software and used with our associated
hardware and electronics).
The system consists of Autoscan 3-axis stage system and custom confocal microscopy software.
Benefits of the Autoscan Confocal Microscopy system :
Our system is able to deliver extremely accurate positioning
capability, specifically in the focus axis. This ability to accurately
revisit a given focus level is of the utmost importance, in particular
in laboratory techniques which involve revisiting a sample in order to
assess the effectiveness of a treatment, or monitoring of the condition
of a sample over time. If the focus steps are not reproduced with
impeccable accuracy each time, the 3-dimensional reconstruction of the
image of the sample will be unacceptably degraded. For some
applications, no X or Y motion capability is required, hence our offer
of various stage configurations. Since our stage driver software
library can be tied into most PC-compatible software, we would be very
happy to consider incorporation of our stage commands into the software
for other confocal microscope brands.
Stereology The Autoscan Stereology system consists of :
Autoscan 3-axis stage system, stereology software package and associated hardware and electronics.
Benefits of the Autoscan Stereology system :
Our system is able to synchronise the motion of two stages, each of
which carries an adjacent sample slice for comparison. Stereology is a
technique whose primary aim it is to make an assessment of the
population density of objects of interest in a 3-dimensional volume,
given the results of examination of a number of serial 2-dimensional
sections of that volume. Successful reconstruction of the volume of
interest requires very accurate positioning of each of the serial
sections for analysis. Our stage systems provide the means of achieving
that accurate positioning with a minimum of tedium on the part of the
operator. Stereology is an emerging technique which has already found
application in many fields of endeavour, ranging from anatomy and
neurology to metallurgy and satellite imaging.
Materials Technology Research The Autoscan Materials Technology Research system consists of :
Autoscan 3-axis stage system, AutoScope software package and associated hardware and electronics.
Benefits of the Autoscan Materials Technology Research system :
This application involves image analysis of novel embedded electrode
materials, whose individual conductors can be detected, located,
characterised and counted by our system. The total exposed surface area
of the electrode tips, as well as their number, both have a direct
relationship to their effectiveness, and can be directly assessed by
our system. The same system could also be used to locate, detect and
characterise other items such as pollen grains, mineral grains, etched
metal grains, and a very wide range of other objects, as long as these
objects have a reasonable contrast in comparison to the image
Semiconductor Quality Control The Autoscan Semiconductor Quality Control system consists of :
3-axis custom-built Autoscan stage for upright or inverted microscopes, with large scanning area
AutoScope custom software package and associated hardware and electronics.
Benefits of the Autoscan Semiconductor Quality Control system :
The semiconductor wafers which are used to manufacture modern
complex and high-density semiconductor chips often incorporate areas of
naturally occurring uranium. This uranium damages the wafer, and if
these damaged areas are subsequently processed (which is a step that
usually involves significant costs), they result in non-functioning
chips and a material level of wastage. The Autoscan system uses our
AutoScope image processing software to map damage to CR39 detectors
which have been in contact with the unprocessed wafers during
pre-processing storage, and thus allow damaged areas to be avoided.
Custom applications On request, we can supply any
of our microscope stage models with our ASDK (Autoscan Software
Development Kit). This software driver bundle (for all versions of
Windows) allows the user to incorporate control of our Autoscan
computer-controlled microscope stages into their own application
software. The ASDK includes sample applications.
Compatibility Our stages can be fitted to most
popular upright and inverted microscopes, including those manufactured
by Zeiss, Leica, Olympus and Nikon. Attachment to the microscope is a
simple matter involving the fitting of typically four attachment screws
and, in some cases, a conversion bracket. Our software is designed to
run on IBM-compatible PCs. The power supplies for our stage systems
(which are operated at low-voltages) operate automatically from any
mains supply world-wide, ranging from 85 to 264 Volts and 47 to 400 Hz.
Where possible, we supply electrical plugs which match those in use in
our client countries. We use the information shown in a table on the
website of Korjo Pty. Ltd., a major manufacturer of adapter plugs and
other travel products. Please check out the table shown under "Adapter
Guide" at http://www.korjo.com and let us know if there are any inaccuracies for your area.